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Democracy, Islamic State and terrorist threats in Bangladesh

The U.S. and U.K. embassies in Bangladesh have restricted their diplomats’ movements and warned visitors to stay on high alert after receiving information that militants may be targeting Westerners. These advisories came after Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella was shot by gunmen on Monday evening in the capital Dhaka. An online statement allegedly from the […]

“Bangladesh will return to the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time since 2006 after the eight sides were confirmed for the 2017 tournament, which will be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) from 1 to 18 June,” The International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a media release on Wednesday on September […]

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Ruling out any chance of early election before 2019, prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said the fans of militancy and terrorism who don’t want Bangladesh’s progress and development may want general elections before the schedule. “So far the Awami League remains in power, the development of Bangladesh would get momentum. They may raise hue and […]

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Denouncing the killing of an Italian citizen in the capital, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said the incident has happened due to a serious slide in the country’s law and order situation, according to UNB news agency. “An Italian citizen was killed by criminals in the city on Monday. We […]

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Investigating agencies have ‘no proof’ that terror group Islamic State murdered Italian national Cesare Tavella in Dhaka’s Gulshan on Monday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said. “Primary investigations have negated the involvement of IS in this case,” he told reporters after meeting Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh Mario Palma on Wednesday afternoon. “Italy too agrees […]

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By South Asia Monitor Nepal has a constitution at last. On September 20, 2015, an overwhelming majority of an elected Constituent Assembly voted in favour of a constitution ushering in a federal, democratic, secular republic. Following the end of the Maoist insurgency, for the past seven years political parties had been debating ad nauseum a […]

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By Michael Hudson In his Orwellian September 28, 2015 speech to the United Nations, President Obama said that if democracy had existed in Syria, there never would have been a revolt against Assad. By that, he meant ISIL. Where there is democracy, he said, there is no violence or revolution. This was his threat to […]

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US President Barack Obama announced on Monday more than 50 countries have pledged some 40,000 peacekeepers for possible deployment on United Nations missions, as well as helicopters, medical units and training and equipment to deal with roadside bombs. Obama chaired a summit of world leaders at the United Nations to garner commitments to boost the […]

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Bangladesh plans not to allow Indian cattle in Bangladesh to protect local farmers. The state minister for fisheries and livestock, Narayon Chandra Chanda, on Wednesday said the government would not allow Indian cattle into Bangladesh through all the borders in future and would take measures to increase production of local cattle. ‘My ministry would request […]

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday published the full-verdicts of appeals filed by convicted war-criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury against International Crimes Tribunal verdicts upholding the death sentences. Supreme Court registrar general Syed Amirul Islam told New Age that they were preparing to send the verdicts to the International Crimes Tribunal will […]

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Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the Government of Bangladesh delivers an address titled, “Girls Lead the Way,” in Columbia University’s Low Library.

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The Maldives — that scattering of 1,200 tiny islands, a long way south of India, that you’ve seen on a screen saver or two — might seem like paradise. Bungalows hovering above transparent waters. Palm trees with trunks bent perfectly for naps. The island of a thousand honeymoons. And … a thousand divorces. According to […]

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